Jusset Research Institute

I must confess that I didn’t even notice the little tag at the bottom of the image above when I shared it. I was treating it as an anonymous internet statement, and thought it made a point worth sharing. But having been asked about it, I feel the need to comment on the subject. The only other [Read More...]

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Refugee Christmas

The cartoon above came to my attention via Daily Kos. Brice Jones recently wrote a blog post about Stephen Carlson’s argument regarding the mistranslation “inn” in Luke’s infancy narrative. That in turn builds on the case that Kenneth Bailey has made regarding the cultural background of that story. On the one hand, the traditional versions [Read More...]

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Fear of Refugees: A Timely Reminder

  “There has only been one time in American history where the fear of refugees coming to wipe out the people here actually came true, and we'll be celebrating it this Thursday.” -John Oliver   [Read more...]

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How The Terrorists Win

This thought from Waleed Aly was shared by J. K. Doyle: Terrorism is, above all, a test of character for the community that suffers at the hands of terrorism. The very worst people in the world have come to take away our humanity. What are we going to do about it? The community that keeps [Read More...]

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ISIS vs. Islam

Daniel McClellan made the cartoon above, and I wanted to make sure more people see it. He makes the same points that are made in multiple other places around the web, but less succinctly. For instance, Mark Jurgensmeyer writes: ISIS has not been doing well these days. On the day before the attacks the strategic [Read More...]

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Critique of Pure Welding

It seems that everyone is aware that Marco Rubio’s statement about welders making more than philosophers was simply wrong. It also ignored facts such as that students study philosophy as groundwork for law school and other highly-paid careers. But most worrying about the statement is the way it seeks to antagonize two groups in society [Read More...]

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Governments and Conspiracy Theories

Neil Carter shared the image above, and wrote a whole blog post on a topic which is summed up well in this tweet of his: “It’s not that I trust the US government, it’s just that Truthers seem to have a MUCH higher view of what they can accomplish than I do.” I hesitated to [Read More...]

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The Bible is Clear: You Must Not Distort Justice

Loren Rosson has an absolutely fantastic guest post by his friend Ray Vaillancourt, offering a truly Biblical approach to a contemporary issue. Here is an excerpt: Conservatives remind us that the Bible is clear: homosexual behavior is a sin. We have a moral duty to stop it. God wants us to teach homosexuals some Bible [Read More...]

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Give a Flying Flip

The quote is from something Sarah Palin said in response to criticism of Donald Trump not knowing the names of leaders of other countries. It seemed appropriate to point out the irony of her saying that people don’t care who the leader is, since the leader will change, when she cares very much who the leader is [Read More...]

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Self-Serving Theologies: The Kim Davis Saga

Several memes and political cartoons have addressed the hypocrisy in Kim Davis’ desire to have her own freedoms respected, while demanding the right to discriminate against others. Here are a few of my favorites: And this one is from a while back, yet could have been made today: The first two come via other Patheos bloggers [Read More...]

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Protect Your Religious Freedom By Protecting That Of Others

On Facebook, Joe Childers wrote the following: Concerning the county clerk in Kentucky: Religiously neutral civil mechanisms are the only possible way for true religious freedom to exist for multiple religions simultaneously. Civil servants who are religious ought therefore to be even more scrupulous about preserving religious neutrality in their duties than non-religious servants, for [Read More...]

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